Dec 8, 2009
Dec 8, 2009

Tetradrachm: Head of Young Herakles (obverse); Zeus (reverse)

Tetradrachm: Head of Young Herakles (obverse); Zeus (reverse)

336–323 BC

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Silver

Diameter: 2.6 cm (1 in.)

Weight: 16.913 g (0.6 oz.)

Die axis: 11

Gift of J. H. Wade 1916.981

Location

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The Pegasos protome beside Zeus (on the reverse) indicates that this coin was minted at Amphipolis.

Description

On this coin, the head of a youthful Herakles, wearing his lion-skin, appears on the obverse, with his father Zeus, king of the gods, seated on the reverse. For Alexander III (the Great), who claimed descent from the line of Herakles, coins like this one projected power. Thus, while their attributes (lion-skin, eagle, scepter) identify hero and god, the inscription ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ (of Alexander) identifies the leader.

See also
Collection: 
GR - Greek
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Coins
Medium: 
Silver
Credit line: 
Gift of J. H. Wade

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